Libertarians Stealing Votes in OH-15?

It ended up being a very close race in Ohio’s 15th congressional district – so close that as of this writing, nobody really knows who won.  It didn’t take long for supporters of Stivers and Kilroy, the first and 2nd finishers, to sling accusations of “stealing votes”.

What are “stolen votes”?  They apparently happen when a candidate alienates and abandons a group of voters, kicks them to the curb – and then when a minor-party or alternative scoops them up, that’s regarded but the major parties as “stealing”.

Interestingly, as of this writing, the piece was the 4th “Most Read” story at which to me indicates interest in understanding the effect of alternatives slurping up 10% of the vote in close races.

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